Selectboard Meeting Minutes – 11/25/15

TOWN OF WALPOLE

MEETING OF THE SELECTBOARD

NOVEMBER 25, 2015

Selectboard Present:     Steven Dalessio (Chair); Whitney Aldrich, Peggy Pschirrer

CALL TO ORDER:  Mr. Dalessio called this Selectboard meeting to order at 8:00 AM in the Walpole Town Hall.  He advised that this meeting is being recorded and asked anyone wishing to speak to identify themselves for the record.  There were two people in attendance.

PAYROLL:

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Payroll voucher for the week ending November 21, 2015, in the amount of $19,441.88 for checks dated November 25, 2015.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the electronic payroll fund transfer for the 941 Employer Taxes for Withholding, MEDI and FICA taxes in the amount of $4,167.45 for the week ending November 21, 2015.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES:

SELECTBOARD MEETING – November 19, 2015: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the regular Selectboard meeting of November 19, 2015, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

STAFF MEETING – November 19, 2015: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Staff Meeting of November 19, 2015, as submitted.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

NON-PUBLIC SELECTBOARD SESSION – November 19, 2015:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Minutes of the Non-Public Selectboard Session of November 19, 2015, as submitted.  These Minutes will remain sealed.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the Minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

The Selectboard received and reviewed Minutes of the following meetings:

  • Hooper Institute Committee – November 10, 2015;
  • Walpole Zoning Board of Adjustment – November 18, 2015;
  • North Walpole Village District Board of Commissioners – November 17, 2015.

Mr. Dalessio mentioned that in the Zoning Board of Adjustment minutes they talked about Avanru Development Group getting a full service traffic light that will go in at Red Barn Lane.  Mr. Franks stated that the traffic light and proper lanes and striping of lanes have already been approved by the NH Department of Transportation.

NOTICE OF INTENT TO CUT WOOD OR TIMBER:

PAUL, 80 High Street, Map & Lot #010-045-000:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to grant the Notice of Intent to Cut Wood or Timber for Ryan R. Paul, Operation #15-461-12-T, off High and North Streets.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

WARRANTS: 

WALPOLE WATER FEES:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Town of Walpole, Warrant, For The Collection of Walpole Water Fees in the amount of $80,439.66 with interest at twelve percent (12%) per year computed from due date.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

WALPOLE SEWER FEES: Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Town of Walpole, Warrant, For The Collection of Walpole Water Fees in the amount of $47,198.35 with interest at twelve percent (12%) per year computed from due date.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

NORTH WALPOLE SEWER FEES:  Mrs. Pschirrer moved to approve the Town of Walpole, Warrant, For The Collection of North Walpole Sewer Fees in the amount of $37,953.69 with interest at twelve percent (12%) per year computed from due date.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Water & Sewer Billing UpdateMrs. Clough reported that the Water and Sewer bills are finished. North Walpole was mailed Monday and Walpole will be mailed today.

Employee Disability Insurance: Mrs. Clough advised that a 14-day elimination period is being proposed rather than the 3-day elimination period they now have.  Employees cannot collect disability until the fourth day.  If the change is made they cannot collect disability until the fifteenth day.  They will have to use their vacation and/or sick time until the disability insurance begins.  There is a big cost savings by making the change.  In Walpole they roll over up to 240 hours of sick time.  The insurance representative recommends moving to Boston Mutual for the 14-day elimination period.

Mrs. Pschirrer moved to change the Employee Disability Insurance to Boston Mutual and the Town will continue to roll over sick time.  They will also move to a 14-day elimination period.  Seconded by Mr. Aldrich.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Meeting with Primex:  Mr. Dalessio reported that there will be a meeting with Primex on Tuesday, December 1st at 1:00 PM.  It is a pre-assessment audit.  Department Heads were encouraged to clean-up clutter and straighten out their buildings / areas.  Be prepared.  OSHA and Safety manuals should be available.  Mr. Dalessio will be unable to attend however Mr. Aldrich and Mrs. Pschirrer will attend.

Police Request From The Town of Alstead: Police Chief Paquette has not yet contacted the Selectboard at the Town of Alstead but plans to do so.

Walpole’s Oldest Citizen: The Selectboard will announce Walpole’s Oldest Citizen on Thursday, December 3rd.

Letter to the Cheshire County Commissioners:  Mrs. Pschirrer is waiting for Police Chief Paquette to provide some information before she can finish the letter.

Public Hearing; Designating Emergency Lanes:  This Public Hearing is scheduled for Thursday, December 3rd.

Public Hearing, Acceptance of Land:  Mr. Dalessio was not sure if this Public Hearing on the Acceptance of Land will be held on December 3rd.  Hubbard Farms in Walpole had to contact the owner in France to be sure they have the authority to move forward with donation of land to the Town.

Town Ordinance, Procedure and Policy Manual: This is an on-going Selectboard project.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

Hooper Hill Hoppers Request:  A request was received from Marcia Galloway of the Hooper Hill Hoppers to change corridor #5.  This trail runs thru the Reservoir Lot.  They want to move the trail 250’ to skirt a muddy/wet area.  They are checking with the Conservancy as well.

Mr. Aldrich moved to approve this request subject to the approval of the Monadnock Conservancy.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the motion was approved.

Employee Holiday DinnerMrs. Clough has a price from Lisai’s Catering to do the Employee Holiday Dinner.  Last year 130 people attended.  Mrs. Clough will ask an area church if they would be interested in providing pies.  The Town will do the coffee, tea and other non-alcoholic beverages.  Mrs. Clough will be in charge of decorating.  The Selectboard approved giving gift cards from Shaw’s to the employees.  The Town averages about 40 employees.

RECESS SELECTBOARD MEETING:

Mr. Aldrich moved to recess this Selectboard meeting.  The Selectboard will enter into a meeting as the Hooper Trustees.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the motion was approved at 8:32 AM.

The regular Selectboard meeting resumed at 8:51 AM

ADJOURNMENT:  Mr. Aldrich moved to adjourn this meeting.  Seconded by Mrs. Pschirrer.  With all in favor, the meeting was adjourned at 8:52 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

Regina Borden, Recording Secretary

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